Περι ζωων ιδιοτητος βιβλιον ιζ … De animalium natura libri XVII … accessit index locupletissimus.

Cologny, Philippe Albert, 1616.

16mo, pp. [8], 1018, [94]; text printed in 2 columns, in Latin and Greek, woodcut device to title; lightly browned with a few spots, a few creased corners, several leaves misbound; a good copy in contemporary vellum over boards, borders triple-ruled in blind, spine blind-ruled in compartments and lettered in ink, yapp fore-edges, edges stained red, sewn on 3 thongs; spine lightly dust-stained; contemporary ink inscription ‘Tscherning’ to title.


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Uncommon Geneva edition of Aelianus’s De animalium natura, the Greek printed in parallel with Gessner’s Latin translation. A third-century work on natural history, Aelianus’s text offers accounts and anecdotes of animals, ‘an appealing collection of facts and fables about the animal kingdom that invites the reader to ponder contrasts between human and animal behaviour’ (Scholfield). The text is particularly valuable for quoting passages of earlier classical works, otherwise lost.

Graesse I, p. 24.

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